Brancusi | Centre Pompidou

Brancusi | Centre Pompidou

A tribute to the father of modern sculpture, Constantin Brancusi (born in 1876 in Romania, based in Paris from 1904 to his death in 1957), this large-scale exhibition brings together some four hundred works – more than one hundred and twenty sculptures, as well as photographs, drawings, films, archives.

At the heart of this ensemble is the reconstituted studio of the artist, designed during his lifetime as a place of life, a place of creation and a place of contemplation of his works.

Brancusi's studio

The Atelier Brancusi: a work of art in its own right. From 1916 until his death, Brancusi worked in various studios, at first 8, then 11 Impasse Ronsin in Paris's 15th arrondissement. He used two and then three studios, knocking down the walls to create the first two rooms in which he exhibited his work. In 1936 and 1941, he added two other adjoining areas, which he used for works in progress, and to house his workbench and tools.

Brancusi considered the relationship between sculptures and the space they occupied to be of crucial importance. In the 1910s, by laying sculptures out in a close spatial relationship, he created new works within the studio which he called "mobile groups", stressing the importance of the connections between the works themselves and the possibilities of each for moving around within the group.

Exhibition space

In the Twenties the studio became an exhibition space for his work, and a work of art in its own right: a body consisting of cells that all generated each other. This experience of looking from within the studio at each of the sculptures, thus perceiving a group of spatial relationships, led Brancusi to revise their positions every day to achieve the unity he felt most apposite.

At the end of his life, Brancusi stopped creating sculptures and focused solely on their relationship within the studio. This proximity became so fundamental that the artist no longer wanted to exhibit, and when he sold a work, he replaced it with plaster copy so as not to destroy the unity of the group.

Born in Romania in 1876, Constantin Brancusi lived and worked in Paris from 1904 until his death in 1957, and this is where he produced most of his work. In his will, he bequeathed his entire studio to the French state. An exact reconstruction of this was made in 1997 on the piazza opposite the Centre Pompidou to house his collection, consisting of 137 sculptures, 87 bases, 41 drawings, two paintings and over 1 600 glass photographic plates and original prints.


1 – 4) Brancusi’s studio, 5) Constantin Brancusi, "La Muse endormie", 1910 © Succession Brancusi - All rights reserved (Adagp). Photo : Centre Pompidou, Mnam-Cci/Adam Rzepka/Dist. Rmn-Gp 

27 maart 2024 / 1 juli 2024
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